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27 May 2010, 08:20
enhance other apps' contextual menus

just stumbled into this brilliant little extension and unable to understand how i never stumbled into it in 25 years of using macs!
i have a question to which a search of the help pages and this forum did not throw up an answer … [insert suitable apology for having overlooked something obvious here]

how do i activate "enhance other apps' contextual menus too"?
it stays greyed out for me.

thanks lads
27 May 2010, 08:52
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
Hey joh,

Unfortunately for Cocoa apps on 10.6, that's not really possible right now, so I disabled the 'feature'.
Just so I know - what FP features are you particularly looking to add to the contextual menus of other apps?
(I use the menubar for quick launching, for example, which is about the only thing I can think of.)

27 May 2010, 11:35
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
hey truly
ok call me lazy but it would be cool to be able to click anywhere at all and bring up the finderpop options without having to mouse up to the menubar. for example i have a little scratchpad applescript which brings up a dialogue box where i can type a random thought which is immediately date/time stamped and saved to a text file. if i could invoke that with a simple click in whichever program i was working it would be great. but you know i'll live :)
27 May 2010, 11:37
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
sorry turly my autocorrect doesn't like your nick
29 May 2010, 10:56
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
Sorry to jump into this thread, but it sort of fits my query.

I used to use FinderPop back in OS8 and 9. It was indispensable. Being an old stick-in-the-mud Mac user, I still have a unibutton mouse, and have put up with having to use the control key to get the extra contextual goodness.

I decided to give FP another go (OS X 10.5.8 here) and while it works spiffingly in and around the Finder, I can't get it to work in Nisus Writer Express 3.3.2, Safari 4.0.3 and Mail 3.6.

I like to look up words, empty trash, check my spelling and stuff with the contextual menu. Any clue as to why FP doesn't work outside the Finder?

29 May 2010, 13:18
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
I'm not @ my Mac right now and may be misremembering, but if you go to the 'Active' tab, there should be a little checkbox called "Enhance other apps' contextual menus too" or something... is that checked? That should work OK on 10.5.8...

Let me know if not!
29 May 2010, 14:05
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
turly wrote:is that checked?

It is. I've tried it toggled both ways, quitting and restarting apps. It doesn't seem to want to work. If I hit the Control key, I get the FP enhanced menu, but not if I click and hold. It works for the menu bar, and Finder desktop.

Further info (in case it's relevant): I have Growl 1.2, MacFUSE 2.0.3, Pantone hueyPRO and Wacom Tablet 6.0.8-2 also running as "Other" pref panes.

I haven't tried a restart yet!
29 May 2010, 20:44
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
The "Finder control-free popup" does indeed only work in the Finder.

For control-free contextual menus in Finder and many other applications, you could try "One Finger Snap":

Development has stopped and the latest version was intended for MacOSX 10.3 and 10.4, but it still works fine even in Snow Leopard MacOSX 10.6.3, though not for all applications (for instance not in Mail).

Before you start using One Finger Snap, disable the control-free popup in FinderPop by moving the slider all the way to the right.
29 May 2010, 21:18
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
Oh yeah, I misunderstood your post, Snaptophobic - I thought you were complaining that Enhance Other Apps' Contextual Menus wasn't working.
RonaldPR is right, I only handle control-free popup in the Finder... sorry!
30 May 2010, 08:41
Re: enhance other apps' contextual menus
Aha! I see.

What a pity. I guess I'll have to stump up for a mouse with more than one button then. :lol: